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Subject - Organic Chemistry
Oxymercuration is an electrophilic addition reaction of a mercuric salt to an alkene (mercuration) in which an group (oxy) is simultaneously inserted into the formed alkyl mercury compound. Following Markovnikov's rule, subsequent work-up (demercuration) yields the hydration product.
See also: Markovnikov rule
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